Friday, May 12, 2006

SitcomsOnline.com Upfront Preview: The CW; Janet Jackson Turns 40 and TV One Celebrates Her 'Good Times'

The newest network looks to put the best from the old WB and UPN together, along with some new shows, for a network that will have established hits before it even premieres, for the first time in television history.

Here is the SitcomsOnline.com The CW 2006-07 preview:

New Series Already Picked-Up: None.
New Series We Think That Are Almost Good To Go: Flirt (sitcom), Palm Springs (drama), The Game (sitcom), and Runaway (drama).
New Series Perhaps Picked-Up for Mid-Season: Aquaman (drama); She Said, He Said (sitcom); and The Ultra (drama).

OUR FALL 2006 PREDICTION:

Sundays
5:00PM Various Repeats
6:00PM Various Repeats
7:00PM Various Repeats
8:00PM One Tree Hill
9:00PM Palm Springs (NEW) or Everwood

Mondays
8:00PM Everybody Hates Chris
8:30PM Flirt (NEW)
9:00PM Girlfriends
9:30PM The Game (NEW)

Tuesdays
8:00PM Gilmore Girls
9:00PM Veronica Mars

Wednesdays
8:00PM America's Next Top Model
9:00PM Runaway (NEW)

Thursdays
8:00PM Smallville
9:00PM Supernatural

Fridays
8:00PM WWE Smackdown!

Comments: This is another tough prediction because we are putting two networks into one and still picking new shows from development. The CW was not happy with its development slate, so I think series like Veronica Mars and One Tree Hill will indeed return. Perhaps Everwood, too. Mondays I think The CW will stick with UPN's black comedy line-up. Tuesday they will stick with The WB's hot drama line-up, Wednesday it is like UPN, Thursday The WB and Friday UPN. So, nicely spread out, if you ask me. I think they will hold Nick Lachey's sitcom for mid-season because it just doesn't fit with any of their other sitcoms. Reba is dead I think and will not return. Which means, The WB has no returning sitcoms. CBS passed on the pilot for The Ultra, so The CW might pick it up as early as this fall, but I put it for mid-season. Also, if ABC cancels the well written Invasion, The CW might pick it up, too. Invasion is from Warner Bros. Television, so it would be easy to pick it up. I hope ABC keeps it, but if they don't, I hope The CW picks it up, because that show is SO good. But where would it go? After Smallville maybe? I'm not going to list what shows are gone, because UPN and The WB will be canceling or ending so many. But you can say goodbye to favorites Charmed, 7th Heaven, Reba, Eve, All of Us and Half & Half. And pathetic stuff like Love, Inc. and Modern Men. The latest rumblings say The CW will only pick-up one new drama, Runaway. Palm Springs is still a question mark, so that is why I think Everwood might get the nod. No one knows what the heck happened to Aquaman. That was a given to the CW line-up, but might not even make at all now. I went with it and put it for mid-season. That and The Ultra might be a good combo. And reality hit Beauty and the Geek will for sure be back for mid-season.

Remember, next Thursday (May 18) is the actual date when we will findout The CW's plans for the 2006-07 season. So, come on back next Thursday and we will let you know the details and you can see how much we were right (or wrong). Stay tuned next week for all the final schedules released by all the networks! We will put them up as soon as they are released by the networks, so this will be your home to see them first!

Pop singer Janet Jackson is turning 40 years old next week and TV One is throwing a party! Catch the "Janet Jackson Birthday Bash" Good Times marathon on Saturday (May 13) starting at noon. It would have been nice, if they acquired some Diff'rent Strokes episodes, too.
12:00pm/8:00pm Episode 502, The Evans Get Involved, Pt. I
12:30pm/8:30pm Episode 503, The Evans Get Involved, Pt. II
1:00pm/9:00pm Episode 504, The Evans Get Involved Pt. III
1:30pm/9:30pm Episode 505, The Evans Get Involved, Pt. IV
2:00pm/12:00am Episode 507, Willona, The Fuzz
2:30pm/12:30am Episode 509, Bye, Bye Bookman
3:00pm/1:00am Episode 515, Penny's Christmas
3:30pm/1:30am Episode 514, No More Mr. Nice Guy
4:00pm/2:00am Episode 513, Willona's Mr. Right
4:30pm/2:30am Episode 517, Where There's Smoke
5:00pm/3:00am Episode 523, Willona's New Job
5:30pm/3:30am Episode 605, Stomach Mumps
6:00pm/4:00am Episode 614, The Snow Storm
6:30pm/4:30am Episode 619, The Physical
7:00pm/5:00am Episode 621, Where Have All the Drs. Gone
7:30pm/5:30am Episode 620, A Matter of Mothers


Sitcoms Airing Tonight / Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows

Wednesday, February 28

The Conners - "Shrinks Don't Talk and Kids Don't Sing" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Mark adjusts to his first day of college as a commuter student; meanwhile, Becky gets into a disagreement with Beverly Rose’s music teacher over a song.

Not Dead Yet - "Not Polite Yet" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Lexi combines the first two floors of the newsroom, leaving Nell to share a cubicle with T.J., a popular sportswriter who’s friends with everyone … except her.

Abbott Elementary - "Breakup" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
When Barbara’s church choir uses the gym for rehearsals, Ava notices tensions in the group. Jacob’s eagerness for a full social calendar worries Gregory. Melissa and Janine investigate a new substitute.

That Girl Lay Lay - "Lay Lay Goes Away-Way" (Nickelodeon, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Needing a best friend to talk to, Sadie wishes that phone avatar Lay Lay was real and could help teach her how to stand out; when Lay Lay is magically brought to life, the two friends learn that when they are together, they can accomplish anything.

That Girl Lay Lay - "Out the App 2: E-Lay-Lay-tric Boogaloo" (Nickelodeon, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Needing a best friend to talk to, Sadie wishes that phone avatar Lay Lay was real and could help teach her how to stand out; when Lay Lay is magically brought to life, the two friends learn that when they are together, they can accomplish anything.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of February 26)

Wednesday, February 28

  • Bob Odenkirk (The Larry Sanders Show) - Watch Bob on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Carrie Preston (Crowded/Happyish/Emeril) - Carrie is a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. She talks about Elsbeth on CBS Mornings some time between 7-9am.
  • Austin Butler (Ruby & the Rockits/Zoey 101/Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide) - Austin appears on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Jenny Slate (The Great North/Big Mouth/Married/Bob's Burgers) - Jenny is a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Fred Armisen (Los Espookys/Forever/Final Space) - Fred sits in with The 8G Band on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Fortune Feimster (Kenan/Bless the Harts/Champions) and Tig Notaro (One Mississippi) - Fortune and Tig are guests on After Midnight at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm/Son of Zorn/Suburgatory) and Susie Essman (Curb Your Enthusiasm/Broad City/Baby Boom) - Cheryl and Susie are guests on Watch What Happens: Live at 10pm on Bravo
  • Zendaya (K.C. Undercover/Shake It Up) - E! News has an interview with Zendaya at 11pm on E!.
  • Alan Cumming (Schmigadoon!) - Alan is joining Drew and Ross Mathews at the Drew'ss News desk to discuss headlines like the Romy and Michele's High School Reunion sequel in the works and the American alternative to the Irish exit on The Drew Barrymore Show, so check your local listings.
  • Kim Fields (The Upshaws/Living Single/The Facts of Life/Baby, I'm Back) - Kim discusses her wellness retreat and the upcoming new season of Netflix's The Upshaws on Access Daily with Mario & Kit, so check your local listings.
  • Vivica A. Fox (Mr. Box Office/Getting Personal/Arsenio/Out All Night) and Michael Beach (The Game) - The cast of Soul Food reunite and discuss Hulu's new Black Stories Always on ABC's GMA 3: What You Need to Know at 1pm.
  • Diane Farr (Splitting Together/Like Family/The Job) - Diane discusses the CBS drama series Fire Country on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (November-February)

Leave it to Beaver - The Complete Series (Blu-ray) Father Knows Best - The Complete Series The Odd Couple - The Complete Series (Blu-ray) Three's Company - The Official 40th Anniversary Collection Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)

11/07 - South Park - The Complete Twenty-Sixth Season (Blu-ray) (DVD)
11/14 - Leave it to Beaver - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
12/05 - Father Knows Best - The Complete Series
12/05 - The Odd Couple - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
12/12 - The Dick Van Dyke Show - The Complete Series
12/12 - Looney Tunes Collector's Choice - Volume 2 (Blu-ray)
12/12 - That Girl - The Complete Series
12/15 - Letterkenny - Season 11
12/19 - The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet - The Official Restored Complete Series
12/22 - Three's Company - The Official 40th Anniversary Collection (includes The Ropers and Three's a Crowd)
01/09 - South Park - Seasons 11-15 (Blu-ray)
01/16 - Ghosts (UK) - Season Five
02/13 - Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
02/27 - The Really Loud House - Season One

That Girl - The Complete Series The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet - The Official Restored Complete Series

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